Last Chance Texaco: Chronicles of an American Troubadour

Last Chance Texaco: Chronicles of an American Troubadour

by Rickie Lee Jones


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Two-time Grammy winner Rickie Lee Jones has led an interesting life starting with being a teenage runaway, chasing gigs and having a love affair with Tom Waits. But her life story gave her the fuel to create amazing lyrics. Besides reading about her storied musical career, her somewhat notorious family history could fill a book. Fans will love her tenacity and showmanship, one of the many reasons she's still just as relevant today.

This troubadour life is only for the fiercest hearts, only for those vessels that can be broken to smithereens and still keep beating out the rhythm for a new song.

Last Chance Texaco is the first ever no-holds-barred account of the life of two-time Grammy Award-winner Rickie Lee Jones in her own words. It is a tale of desperate chances and impossible triumphs, an adventure story of a girl who beat the odds and grew up to become one of the most legendary artists of her time, turning adversity and hopelessness into timeless music.

With candor and lyricism, the “Duchess of Coolsville” (Time) takes us on a singular journey through her nomadic childhood, to her years as a teenage runaway, through her legendary love affair with Tom Waits and ultimately her longevity as the hardest working woman in rock and roll. Rickie Lee’s stories are rich with the infamous characters of her early songs – "Chuck-E's in Love," “Weasel and the White Boys Cool,” “Danny’s All-Star Joint,” and “Easy Money”— but long before her notoriety in show business, there was a vaudevillian cast of hitchhikers, bank robbers, jail breaks, drug mules, a pimp with a heart of gold and tales of her fabled ancestors.

In this tender and intimate memoir by one of the most remarkable, trailblazing, and tenacious women in music are never-before-told stories of the girl in the raspberry beret, a singer-songwriter whose music defied categorization and inspired American pop culture for decades.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802127129
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 04/06/2021
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 15,722
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Rickie Lee Jones has released seventeen record albums and received two Grammy Awards. She lives in New Orleans.

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The day of the show . . .

I showed up early for the rehearsal. a lot of sitting around. The artist early in the morning, let’s be sure to make them as uncomfortable as possible. I wore a blue kimono and my sweat pants. I just realized I dress about the same today. My Chinese shoes and my red beret. There was a photographer there, he introduced himself, “I was hired by your record company,” he said. So I did not kick him out. I was telling jokes to the crew guys, I was really calm, and loved the feeling of excitement that just about was overwhelming. It was my day.

Sound checks over, I went to eat and came back . . . one more run through with the whole show, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, while the two blues brothers were gone making a movie. I was not a fan of SNL, I didn’t dislike it, I just didn’t care about the silly skits. The bees. The sharks. I didn’t get it. But it was huge. Huge, the single most influential show—musically—on TV, for many years. My debut was about to make all that had come before child’s play.

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